Not surprisingly, the Thunder dropped both of those games while watching Rubio rack up 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in Game 2 and following that up with a superb triple-double that featured 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in Game 3. This has been a relatively high-scoring series, with games averaging 213 points, and with Westbrook sure to create a fast-paced game, this one will go over the bookies' mark.
"To be quite honest, he's been on a hard end the last two games of some of those fouls", Donovan said. After scoring just two points on 0-of-4 shooting in the fourth quarter of Game 2, Westbrook didn't attempt a shot in the fourth in Game 3. He was instrumental in helping the Jazz come back from 12 points behind with a 20-4 run in the first half. "It's huge. Have huge respect for him, and playing here is great because I know how important a point guard he is for this franchise". The crowd in Salt Lake City was extremely loud on Saturday and will likely be again on Monday. Whether he can do it efficiently is another question, but expect him to take more than the 17 shots he took last game and dish out double figures in assists this time around. In the meantime, Westbrook and the Thunder have plenty of work to do.
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The Jazz defeated the Thunder 115-102 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Saturday, taking a 2-1 series lead thanks to a rare triple double from Rubio. "When you do that, your offense kind of comes more naturally". After only 16 total points and three assists in Oklahoma City, Ingles provided the offensive firepower down the stretch.
"We have to have that mentality", he said, then added, "I don't want to put that emphasis on this game being do or die". And, given he is 11 for 31 overall and 4 for 16 from three through two games, it's hard to argue against Utah's strategy. Harden was just 3 for 8, his rainbows often drifting to the left, as the Wolves kept up what has been a better-than-usual defensive performance in this series. "I could play 10 hours straight when I was a kid", Adams says. "I condone it", Anthony said of Westbrook's comments.